"helLLOOOOOO, my DeArEsT friend who I have met just yesterday!!111!!!1!11!11" Kinkajou screamed in Moon's ear to wake her up. "But that's okay! I'm willing to act as if I've known you my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE!!! Also, do you like my scales today?? They'RE THIS COLOR instead of THIS COLOR!!111!!!!1!!11!"
Moon was temporarily blinded, and so didn't say anything. Instead, her Soon-to-be-dead side character of a clawmate spoke.
"For Pyrrhia's sake, SHUT UP!!!" Carnelian roared. She was, oddly, wearing sunglasses. Probably to protect her eyes.
"I am willing to act as if I have known you my entire life too," Moon announced to Kinkajou, her response a bit delayed.
"thats gr888888 m88888!!!11!!11! HEY!!!11!!!111 UNIMPORTANT SIDE CHARACTER WHO I AGGRAVATE!!11!!! WHERE DO WE GO??!!11!!"
Carnelian managed to visibly squint at Kinkajou through her sunglasses. "Um, shouldn't you know that? Since, y'know, you're always going on about how you're 'best friends' with the Dragonets of Destiny and they gave you all this inside info about JMA??"
"WhhaaaAAAaaaaAAAAaaaTTTtttTT??" Kinkajou yelled. "I never said that! I would never brag like that!!11!!11!!"
Carnelian's squint intensified, but she readjusted her sunglasses and lead them to their cave.
"HI I AM ENERGETIC AND SCARE SHY RELATABLE DRAGONS SUCH AS MOONS!!!1!!111!!11" Tsunami loudly shouted.
"I'm gay, but it doesn't matter, because I leave in this book and am never seen again for the rest of the arc, and my crush gets together with someone else," Umber said sadly.
"I tolerate the gay bean because I am an LGBTQ+ rights activist. Why doesn't he get the guy of his dreams? Also, he's a MudWing, and therefore is acceptable," Carnelian added, adjusting her sunglasses.
"Aw, thanks," Umber said, feeling slightly better.
"I'm the puddle," Turtle said, puddling in puddlingly. "Also known as Turtle."
Woahh I can't reAD HIS MIND!!!11!!!11 Moon gasped, having forgotten this due to her short-term memory. MAYBE HE'S THE ONE WHO WAS SPEAKING INSIDE MY HEAD!!11!11!!1
"Why is the NightWing looking at me?" Turtle whisper-shouted to Umber.
"I haven't the slightest clue," Umber whisper-shouted back, temporarily forgetting his sadness at not getting his love interest.
"HI I'M LOVE INTEREST #1 AND I THINK I'M HILARIOUS!!11!!!1!" Qibli shouted, sidling into the cave. Moon freaked out.
"No, you're not!! I'm love interest #1! You're love interest #2!" Winter snapped, glitteringly marching in.
Moon's heart dropped. How am I going to survive with both of my love interests in my winglet??
"How so?" Qibli frowned.
"I think it's because he talked to Moon before you did," Tsunami offered. Then she cleared her throat and resumed her usual loudness. "But enough about that!! I think it's time we introduced ourselves!!"
Oh myselves, Moon freaked out internally. How am I going to survive in a cave with a small winglet!! I mean, I can apparently survive the prey center but not a cave with a much smaller amount of mind voices!!
"What do y'all wanna talk about?" Tsunami asked the winglet, gaining a random and sudden accent.
Let's see, Moon heard Winter going in his head. What topic can I discuss that will bother and bully Moon the most?
"NightWing powers," Winter said smugly.
How diabolical of him!! And yet, how attractive!! Moon thought. Nearby, she heard a similar echo from Kinkajou's thoughts: How mean of him!! But also very shiny!!
"I LIKE THAT IDEA!!" Carnelian said with unusual enthusiasm.
"I hate prophecies and mind-reading," Tsunami chimed in.
Oh no!!! That means—that means she might hate me!!! Moon thought tragically.
"As the Head of School, I'm not supposed to allow bullying, though, so let's just all go hunting instead!!!1!!11!!11" Tsunami ran out, and Moon smiled, thinking, I'm braver than her!! Weirdly!!
Winter snorted. Tsunami can't tell me what to do.
He sat in front of Moon and stared at her angrily. "I'm gonna bully you, because I have an angsty childhood. Whatever 'angsty' means."
Moon tragically screamed, "nooOOOooOOOOooOOO!1!!!1!!"
"Hey, leave her alone!!" Qibli yelled at Winter.
"Yeah, you shiny, dark, mysterious, handsome IceWing!!" Kinkajou also yelled at Winter.
Winter sighed. "Kinkajou, please stop trying to insult me. Your insults can't be that different from your compliments. But at any rate, I'll listen."
Umber stared sadly at Qibli. "Why u leave me for le mysterious NightWing in a love triangle?" Umber thought for a minute, then blinked. "Wait. Moon is in a love triangle. Winter is kind of in a love triangle too—Kinkajou likes him. But then again, there's Qinter. Qibli is kind of in a love triangle, because I like him—why is everyone in a love triangle?"
"I don't know, let's just go," The living puddle Turtle said, and he left with Umber and Carnelian.
Winter glared at Moon and left. Why? Because how could anyone disobey orders from Qibli and Kinkajou?
"Woah, I've got friends," Moon said, amazed. "One of which is Love Interest #2."
Qibli looked mildly offended at this nickname, but not terribly, because after all, he was Moon's love interest.
I have an ominous message for you, the ominous voice whispered.
Oh no! You're back?? But I thought I was gonna go, like, a whole chapter without you showing up!!!11!!!11!!1
You thought wrong, the voice whispered. At any rate, I'm going to tell you that your friends can stab you in the back, even though they won't, and mine did because I was evil.
Aw, thanks for the advice—wait, what was that last part? Moon thought at the voice.